Summer book… impressions

a whore for free books
twirling belt at the mailbox
waiting for next fix

A while back the publisher of Haiku Mama (Quirk Books) asked if I wanted a copy of a couple of new books they were publishing. I could read them at my lehzure and then, you know, if I wanted to talk about them on the blog, that would be super.

I’ve been sitting on these books because things have been crazy, but now I’ve finally had a chance to really look at them and they’re pretty fun.

The first one is Margarita Mama by Alyssa Gusenoff. You can buy it here and use the code THIRSTY MOMMY to receive 25% off your entire order. *cough maybe you could pick up a copy of Haiku Mama, too cough*.

Margarita Mama showed up in the mailbox on a perfect day. I was feeling a little queasy and quizzically craving an alcoholic beverage at the same time. (This is par for the course for being pregnant in the summer in Texas, isn’t it? Is it just me? Probably just me.)

So seeing a book about mocktails was super excellent. I propped it up on the kitchen counter and searched for something to make immediately. Of course, I had no ginger ale or fruit or yogurt or juice or really anything you can make drinks with. A quick trip to the store, though, solved all that.

My particular favorites are the On The Rocks drinks. I get so tired of drinking water all the time and I really miss my Cokes, so whipping up a quick, bubbly Cool Baby (pineapple juice, club soda) or a Hot Mama (tomato juice, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lime) add a nice variety to my liquid intake.

The recipes are all very simple and yummy. Smoothies, dessert drinks, wannabe margaritas – there’s a nice variety of stuff to chug. Go take a look!

The next book is The Rookie Mom’s Handbook by Heather Gibbs and Whitney Moss. You can find it here. This book has 250 activities to do with (and without) your baby. For a lazy person like me, this all seems very daunting. Is this because I am no longer a rookie mom? Is it because I’m cynical and I think suggestions like #17 Pretend You’re In Paris! Take Your Baby To A Cafe are kind of lame? Not sure. But even for a lazy person like me who considers quality time with the kids to be laying on the floor sound asleep while they trounce on my head, there are some fun and smart suggestions in this book.

I particularly like #122 Drive By The Hospital. Sure it sounds a little morbid, but for a hypochondriac like me, it’s perfect. Pile the kids in the car for a "joyride" and map out the closest route to the ER. Hooray!

I also like #141 Document Examples Of Bad Parenting. This one tells you to take pictures of the ridiculous situations you get yourself (and your kid) into by letting the tyke do things everyone tells you not to. Baby wants to hold the beer bottle? Take a picture!

Both of these books would make a fun gift for a mom-to-be, and not just for her shower. Find some gigantic pregnant friend who is possibly miserable and definitely sweaty and give her a book out of the blue. She’ll love it… and you. And sales will go up and Quirk will keep sending me free books.


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